Photo Gallery: Sharalee Mushore’s Favourite Rooms
Learn what inspires the Escapade blogger.
“I’ve noticed a growing trend in kitchens: long open shelving for dishware and glasses,” notes Sharalee. This gorgeous home in Palm Beach illustrates the trend perfectly. Homeowner and photographer Kelly Klein (designer Calvin Klein’s ex-wife) lives in the oceanside home with her four-year-old son. “I love the accessible, casual style of open storage and the look of having your favourite pieces on display at all times,” says Sharalee.
“The rich, warm live edge wood that folds around the kitchen island and that stunning brass stove hood have made this Brooklyn kitchen the subject of many decorating fantasies,” says Sharalee. “After decades of stainless steel and chrome, I’m excited to see that gold and brass tones are enjoying a bit of a comeback. There’s a warm, luxurious feeling that even small accents in these tones bring to a space.”
See more white kitchens in our photo gallery.
“I love spaces like this loft converted from an old cathedral,” says Sharalee. “A rich sense of layering and depth is achieved by mixing different materials like crisp white cabinetry against aged red brick walls, and old architectural features contrasted with sleek modern furniture.”
See our Stylish Loft Living photo gallery for more inspiration.
This modern home in northeastern Australia is open and airy, with large windows that maximize views to the ocean. “Having grown up in Africa — and a much warmer climate — I have a strong inner longing for big open windows, spaciousness and bringing the outdoors in (and indoors out) whenever possible,” notes Sharalee.
“While I love the effect of a gallery wall with several small pieces, there’s something to be said about the powerful impact of one big, bold painting,” says Sharalee. “It can instantly set the tone for the whole space.”
“From the strong graphic patterned fabric used for the curtains (one of my all-time favourite fabrics, Kubus by Pierre Frey), to the striking lines of the Billy Cotton pendant, bold geometric lines and patterns are one current trend I love,” says Sharalee. “These graphic hits are powerful in their simplicity and a great way to add a bit of modern edge to a more traditional space.” Mixing styles like the mid-century modern Barcelona chairs and classic Louis dining chairs also adds interest.
See more Iconic Furniture in our photo gallery.
“I think a big part of my love for all-white walls stems from my love for collecting and displaying art,” explains Sharalee. “In addition to creating a dramatic effect by sheer size, each piece El-Abdallah displayed here is offset by the ones that surround it — you could spend hours lingering over the details of each one!” Ceiling-height drapes make the walls seem even higher, and really draw attention to the height of the gallery wall as well. Simple, mid-century modern furnishings let the art take centre stage.
For more inspiration, take a video tour of this home.
“I love unexpected surprises in design and interiors. Whether it’s a contrasting colour at the edge of a door or a surprising interior inside a cupboard, it’s these little twists that can turn a basic piece into something spectacular,” says Sharalee.
See our Decorating With Gold photo gallery for more inspiration.
This East Village apartment in New York features a lush green wall that adds texture and colour to the urban space. “I first discovered vertical gardens through the work of French botanist Patrick Blanc,” says Sharalee. “Turning traditional gardening notions on their head, his innovative techniques moved plants from their conventional horizontal gardens on the ground to vertical walls indoors. I’ve started to see similar projects in local buildings and beautiful homes since, and love this new eco trend. Living in a small space in a big city, it’s easy to feel a little disconnected from nature at times — what better cure than to bring it inside?”
See our Indoor-Outdoor Spaces photo gallery for more ideas.
“While I love to dabble in small doses of bright colour, I come back to these classic neutral shades every single time,” says Sharalee. “Simple, understated and classic — you can never go wrong with a simple palette of black, white and gold.” Rome’s Hotel Pulitzer strikes a perfect balance of creamy white walls and pops of black.